Stephen Siwinski

Communications Officer

Texas Center for the Book Seeks Applicants for 2016 Literacy Award

Thursday, August 18, 2016 • Austin, Texas • News Release

The Texas Center for the Book is seeking qualified non-profit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas for the 2016 Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. The winning organization will receive a $1,000 cash award to assist in its future work promoting reading and combating illiteracy. The award provides public recognition to 501(c)(3) organizations committed to addressing the continuing need for literacy services and that increase public awareness of the importance of literacy. 

The nomination period for the 2016 Literacy Award is from August 18, 2016, through October 15, 2016. The 2016 Literacy Award winner will be announced during the Texas Author Summit at the Texas Book Festival on Nov. 3, 2016.

Non-profit organizations whose primary purpose is to support and encourage literacy are eligible for the2016 Literacy Award. Organizations may self-nominate for the award, or nominate partner non-profit organizations.

While this award promotes partnerships with libraries, please note that public, school and academic libraries or other library entities are not eligible for nomination. Libraries are highly encouraged to nominate literacy organizations within their local and/or regional communities.

Nomination forms must include one letter of reference and a statement of 500 words or less on the nominated program’s value and impact. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include examples of the nominated organization's partnerships with libraries. For more information on submitting a nomination, please visit the Texas Center for the Book’s website at

Nominated organizations are encouraged, but not required, to produce a two-minute video that highlights the impact of the nominated programming.

All nomination forms become the property of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and may be used in whole or in part as informational or educational materials. The winning organization must provide documentation proving 501(c)(3) status. Funding is made possible by a generous donation from David Rubenstein and the Library of Congress.

For more information, contact Rebekah Manley, Texas Center for the Book Coordinator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission at or 512-936-2505.